Referee Gene Steratore retires

Gene Steratore, the referee who worked the Super Bowl in February, is calling it a career.
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NFL V.P. of officiating Al Riveron announced today that Steratore has decided to retire from the NFL.

Steratore has been an NFL official since Womens Brent Grimes Jersey 2003 and worked 12 playoff games, including Super Carl Banks Womens Jersey Bowl LII. He may be best remembered for an odd moment last season when he pulled out an index card to determine whether a spotted football had reached the first down http://www.giantsfootballofficialonline.com/YOUTH+CARL+BANKS+JERSEY stick in a game between the Cowboys and Raiders. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio objected to Steratore’s demeanor, and the NFL said afterward that Steratore should have used his eyes, not an index card.

The NFL has seen a lot of turnover among its referees this offseason, with Jeff Triplette, Ed Hochuli and Terry McAulay also retiring. Last year the NFL retained all 17 of its referees from the year before, but this year there will be a major change in the refereeing ranks.

Dallas locked up guard Zack Martin to a long-term extension earlier this month, and it will have decisions to make next offseason on defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, who are both free agents, which could complicate its future cap space. Quarterback Dak Prescott is also eligible for an extension in 2019. The Cowboys have just enough cap room to make the Thomas extension work this year, even with http://www.buccaneersshopnfljersey.com/Brent-Grimes-Jersey $16.9 million in dead cap hits from the releases of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, both of which will come off the books next year.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said he’s been impressed with the former Heisman Trophy winner/current backup to Jeremiah Masoli.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game, Jones said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. He should be playing in the National Football League and I believe he will when he gets through with us.

Jones said he’s been encouraged by the performance he’s seen, but also the professionalism Manziel displayed. And while it might take time, he thinks Manziel will eventually be able to convince decision-makers he can be trusted.

It’ll take two years, Jones said. They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems….

He’s humble. He’s growing up every day.

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